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Rescue dogs help heal wounded warriors
Muffled gunfire reverberates from an unknown location within the building; Peter’s unwavering gaze is focused on his partner’s ‘six’ - three weeks of training is about to be put to the test.The Omaha Gun Club is host to certified training sessions between military service dogs and their handlers and is where Russ Dillon of Dillon’s Dogs likes to
Media Advisory: Upcoming Readiness Exercise
Offutt Air Force Base is scheduled to conduct an emergency response training exercise here, between Wednesday Dec. 11 and Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.
Offutt restores training capabilities with new simulator
A new aircrew training device is being built as part of an effort to replace the three ATDs destroyed in the March flood.
Offutt Football Club to compete in 2019 Defender’s Cup
The Offutt Football Club’s men’s varsity team is preparing for the 2019 Defender’s Cup National Military Soccer Tournament held at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. The Defender’s Cup is a military soccer tournament that is open to any base- or post-level soccer team representing a military installation.
Offutt runway closure delayed 10 months
The 55th Wing’s runway replacement at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, has been pushed back from December 2019 to October 2020. The ten-month delay of the runway closure allows for demolition and earthwork to begin before winter. This sets up the program to be in the asphalt and concrete work phase by spring 2021 and wrapping up the needed inspections and Federal Aviation Administration approval to reopen in the twelfth month of work. Sections of Offutt’s current runway are more than 70 years old. Regular maintenance is required to sustain safe flight conditions. The replacement, which is projected to cost approximately $176 million between Offutt and Lincoln, sets up the 55th Wing’s global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission to continue from Offutt for at least 20 years before any major maintenance is required.
RASCAL restoring readiness, the Air Force way
A Rapid Assistance Support for Calibration unit arrived at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, May 6, 2019, to re-establish the base’s capability to calibrate equipment, which was lost in the flood. RASCAL is a mobile Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory intended for use worldwide where PMEL capabilities are needed. It is one of only two in the Air Force that allows deployable PMEL capabilities.
Airman wins chance to perform at Omaha’s MAHA Music Festival
It’s 7:08 p.m. and the rain, beyond the storefront window of the B Side Theatre, has subsided allowing the setting sun to brighten the dimly-lit confines of the Benson music hall in Omaha, Nebraska. Airman 1st Class Mario Foreman-Powell, a United States Air Force Heartland of America Band vocalist, sits behind a keyboard - stage left, it’s his turn to shine and win the last remaining spot in the MAHA Music Festival lineup.
Event encourages Offutt women to empower one another
Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska hosted its first Women’s empowerment seminar April 17, 2019. The seminar featured a panel of seven women who spoke on varied topics. “I wanted to bring together a diverse group of women from around base, to include not just military personnel, but civilians and spouses as well so we could network, build bonds, mentor each other and become better women and people,” said Senior Airman Chelsea Wells, 55th Communications Squadron, cyber security technician.
Offutt’s flood brings out the best
At 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15, 2019, the 55th Wing leadership team met to discuss what needed to be accomplished to protect assets and facilities from possible flood waters that were creeping towards the installation. Using lessons learned from the 2011 flood, they knew that if the levy was breached significant flooding would occur to the southeastern side of the base.
Offutt’s pavement team serve as unsung heroes
Offutt’s pavement team has been working tirelessly since November keeping snow off the roads, patching potholes and a myriad of other duties to ensure the mission continues. And with a winter that included more than 50 inches of snow, they were not lacking for opportunities to excel. “We had the eleventh most snowfall in history here this past winter,” said Richard Durr, 55th Civil Engineering Squadron equipment operator supervisor, “so we have been working a lot of weekends.” In fact, the pavement team has only had three weekends off since November.
Combat Arms range dangerous when red flag is raised
The Offutt AFB small arms firing range is located in building 563 on Butler Blvd. For your safety, if the red streamer is displayed or a rotating red beacon is flashing, do not enter the facility or fenced in area unless escorted by Combat Arms personnel. Also, the fence line around the firing range has been posted with warning signs. As a reminder, trespassing is not only illegal but also dangerous because of gunfire.
100 Black Women of Omaha inducts CGO
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Valyn Beasley, 55th Medical Group practice manager healthcare administer, was born and raised in North Omaha, merely miles from Offutt Air Force Base. While stationed so close to home, she spends her time, not only mentoring those inside its gates, but also members of her community and it has not gone unnoticed. She was recently inducted into the National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Omaha, a non-profit advocacy organization designed to increase the economic growth, health & wellness, educational, political and social gains for women of color, with specific emphasis on enhancing the quality of life and lifestyles of all African-American women.
Base, local community donate to Tyndall AFB evacuees
Team Offutt and the local community rallied together to collect donations for Airmen and their families who were displaced from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, by Hurricane Michael.
Christmas tree lighting welcomes the holiday season
The Offutt’s Annual Christmas Tree Lightning celebration is scheduled for Dec. 6, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Patriot Club. Anyone with base access may register for the free event by clicking here. Festivities begin with the tree lighting ceremony. Afterwards, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive to welcome the crowd inside. Attendees may enjoy
Omaha Lancers host Offutt AFB Night
The Omaha Lancers junior ice hockey team celebrated Veterans Day by hosting its inaugural Offutt Air Force Base Night at Ralston Arena where they defeated the RoughRiders from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Nov. 11, 2018.Hundreds of service members and their families with ties to the installation experienced a close game, as the Lancers overcame deficits of
Offutt AFB Youth program joins local schools in training event
Offutt AFB Youth Programs, LeMay Elementary, Peter Sarpy Elementary and Patriot Elementary were the recipients of Military Child Education Coalition training last week, entitled elementary Student 2 Student, or eS2S, at the Beardmore Event Center in Bellevue, Nebraska.eS2S is designed to increase awareness of and address school transitions
Presentation kicks off domestic violence awareness month
Team Offutt kicked off Domestic Violence Awareness Month by having a Riverside County, California investigator provide a presentation Oct. 2 entitled, “Missing You: The Relationship between Mass Homicides and Domestic Violence.”
Team Offutt honors POW/MIA Day in week of remembrance
The third Friday of September is observed as POW/MIA Recognition Day across the U.S. each year. For 2018, the day fell on Sept. 21. Team Offutt gathered to celebrate and remember the sacrifices of prisoners of war and those missing in action by holding a 24-hour vigil run Sept. 14, and a remembrance luncheon Sept. 19, at Offutt Air Force Base,
Sustainment Services Flight upgrades to virtual Meal Ordering system
The 55th Force Support Squadron Sustainment Services Flight is welcoming a new level of innovation to the boxed meal program. Now, customers are able to order flight and ground support meals from the Alert Campisi Dining Facility through a new virtual Meal Ordering system. vMO, the result of a conversation Airman 1st Class Tashawnie Ormsby and Airman 1st Class Latasha Blake, Sustainment Services Flight food services journeymen, had with their leadership on the issues surrounding the previous boxed meal program, went live on Sept. 11, 2018. Before this new web-based ordering system, Team Offutt and its many visitors would hand in paper forms or send scanned copies via email to place an order.
Six-time Junior Olympian trains at Offutt Field House
When U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Sheree Patillo, U.S. Strategic Command Total Force Engineering Installation Team detachment commander and her family arrived at Offutt Air Force Base in May 2017, they had no idea they were coming to the home of Department of Defense’s largest fitness center, nor that it would have a 700-meter indoor track.She and her